Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The men with the balls to remake "Seven Samurai"

Whatever happened to Nakano Hiroyuki, once a hot property after the success of his self-consciously hip "Samurai Fiction" and subsequently a pariah due to the abject failure of "Red Shadow"? Why, naturally he's been remaking Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai".

For a pachinko machine.

Current Kurosawa Production Co. president Kurosawa Hisao has already been vilified by some for frittering away the rights to his Dad's films and image on sub-par remakes and canned coffee commercials, so this is hardly going to do him any favours.

That being said, just look at the talent assembled: former Kurosawa-gumi members such as costume designer Wada Emi, cinematographer Ueda Masaharu and action director Kuze Hiroshi, as well as this all-star cast:

Nagase Masatoshi as Kikuchiyo
Chiba Shinichi as Kanbei
Fukikoshi Mitsuru as Kyuzo
Musaka Naomasa as Shichiroji
Masato (pretty boy K-1 fighter who's also in Hong Kong beat-em-up "Shamo") as Katsushiro
Taguchi Tomorowo as Gorobei
Tanaka Yoji as Heihachi
Aso Kumiko as Shino

The official site has a bunch of clips that admittedly look quite well-realised, although that might just be thanks to "The Last Princess" lowering the bar for Kurosawa remakes to subterranean levels. This being a Nakano 'film', the soundtrack features the wholly appropriate musical accompaniment of The Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction", "Paint It Black" and "Jumping Jack Flash".

I'm not totally down on the guy though - his video for Photek's "Ni Ten Ichi Ryu" matches the song's atmosphere perfectly.

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